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Ronn D. Torossian
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Ronn Torossian
Born (1974-08-25) August 25, 1974 (age 44)[1]
Brooklyn, New York City
Nationality American
Alma mater SUNY Albany
Occupation Public relations
Employer 5W Public Relations
Known for Public relations
Title Chief executive officer
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata

Ronn D. Torossian is an American public relations executive, founder of New York City-based 5W Public Relations (5WPR),[2] and author.

Torossian built his firm's brand through aggressive media tactics, which have, at times, enmeshed him in controversy.[3][4]

Early life

Torossian was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in The Bronx and attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City.[2] While at SUNY Albany, Torossian became national president of the North American branch of Betar,[5] the international Zionist youth movement associated with Israel's Likud party.[6] In 1994, Torossian and Rabbi Avi Weiss publicly protested against the awarding of the Nobel Peace Price to Yassar Arafat, and were detained and released.[7] After college, he moved to Israel, and co-founded with fellow Betar members who also became Israeli politicians, Danny Danon and Yoel Hasson, an organization called "Yerushalayim Shelanu" (Our Jerusalem), which promoted Israeli settlement in Eastern Jerusalem.[8]


Torossian began his career in public relations in 1998, working with then New York City Council speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. during Vallone's trip to Israel. He also worked for the Likud Party in Israel.[2][9] He worked at two firms, including The MWW Group,[2][10] before launching his own firm, 5W Public Relations, in 2002.[10] The New York Times called him "brash and aggressively outspoken."[2]

Torossian has also written the book For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations.[11][12][13]

Torossian was on Advertising Age's "40 under 40" list in 2006[9] and PR Week's "40 under 40" list in 2007.[14]

In addition to his PR company, Torossian is the Chief Marketing Officer, a Partner, and Advisory Board Member of the jet-sharing company JetSmarter.[15][16] A spokesperson for the New Israel Fund wrote that Torossian had "teamed up" with Pamela Geller and an article in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles found evidence that he "[worked] in some capacity with Geller." Torossian denied that there was any professional relationship between the two.[17]


Torossian's public relations agency, 5WPR, was ranked in 2014 by The New York Observer as the number 35 PR company in New York City.[18] In 2017, the public relations reporting organization J. R. O'Dwyer Company ranked 5W Public Relations at number 11 among companies which submitted income and employee information to them, with revenues at $24 million.[19]

In 2008, the company was discovered to have posted fraudulent comments to defend Agriprocessors, a kosher food company that was a client.[20]


Torossian's aggressive PR tactics have won him both praise and criticism. Business Week called him "loud, crass, buzz-obsessed," the "Bad Boy of Buzz," and the self-anointed "brash new face of PR."[21] Atlantic Monthly writer Jeffrey Goldberg called him "the most disreputable flack in New York", particularly criticizing his representation of what Goldberg called the "lunatic fringe" of right-wing Israeli politics.[22] Gawker's Hamilton Nolan wrote that Torossian "embodies the public's worst ideas about what a PR person is: loud, brash, more flash than substance, dirty, manipulative, amoral, and, in the end, not particularly bright."[23] The editor of the Jerusalem Post wrote that Torossian and his colleagues were "nuts."[24]

On the other hand, clients have cited his "unlimited energy" and his unique approach to public relations as reasons for hiring him.[21] Jameel Spencer, former CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment-affiliated Blue Flame Marketing and Advertising, called Torossian "one of my most trusted business counsels,"[25] A The Jerusalem Post profile of him cited his "meteoric rise in the business world today".[26] Another client compared Torossian to former basketball player Dennis Rodman, whom "Everyone hated to play against. But if he was on your team, you loved him".[25] A Forward story said, "His aggressive style may not always be pretty, but the results speak for themselves."[5]

Some commentators see Torossian's style as a sign of the times. He is "one of the New Yorkiest practitioners of this quintessentially New York profession... the consummate scrappy publicist," wrote The New York Times.[2] Businessweek wrote, "Torossian has anointed himself the brash new face of PR ... echoes the raw, unvarnished discourse of the blogosphere... Few seem better equipped to navigate a celebrity-obsessed culture."[21]

Personal life

Torossian is of Armenian descent [27] and has two children.[28] He lives in Manhattan.[29]


  1. ^ Torossian, Ronn (February 23, 2015). "Nonprofit Tax Sparks Outrage [author information]". The Ronn Torossian Foundation. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kurutz, Steven (February 20, 2005). "Brash P.R. Guy Grabs Clients, Ink". The City. The New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  3. ^ Ciarallo, Joe (October 20, 2009). "ABC News Reporter on Being Interrupted By Publicist: "That Frequency and Aggression of Interruption I Have Not Seen Personally Before'". Ad Week. PRNewser.
  4. ^ Editor (August 22, 2015). "Apology". Jerusalem Post.
  5. ^ a b Popper, Nathaniel (April 2, 2004). "Publicist scores with rappers, right-wing politicians". The Forward.
  6. ^ "World Zionist youth movement – Home". Betar. September 23, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Popper, Nathaniel (August 28, 2009). "Birthright Scored for Picking P.R. Firm Tied To Scandal, Hard Right Politics". Forward. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Special Report – 40 under 40: Ronn Torossian". Advertising Age. August 7, 2006. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Holmes, Paul (December 22, 2002). "MWW, KCSA Vet Torossian Launches New Firm". Holmes Report.
  11. ^ "Business Books Top Five US". Shanghai Daily. June 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Shenkman, Peter (2013). Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management Is Over—and Collaboration Is In (First ed.). Macmillan. ISBN 1137333502.
  13. ^ Torossian, Ronn (2011). For Immediate Release Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations. New York: BenBella Books, Inc. ISBN 9781936661275.
  14. ^ "40 under 40". PR Week. December 3, 2007.
  15. ^ Lima, Deobora (24 Nov 2016). "JetSmarter boosts annual membership fee for fourth time". South Florida Business Journal. American City Business Journals.
  16. ^ "Company Overview of JetSmarter Inc". Bloomberg Company Overview. Bloomberg LP. 24 Feb 2017.
  17. ^ Nussbaum Cohen, Debra. "Will dueling op-eds turn into dueling lawsuits?". Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  18. ^ Kaminer, Michael (November 19, 2014). "The Power 50 List". The New York Observer.
  19. ^ O'Dwyer, Jack (March 1, 2017). "Worldwide Fees of Top PR Firms With Major U.S. Operations". O'Dwyer Company, Inc. ODwyerPR.
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  21. ^ a b c Brady, Diane (November 11, 2007). "The Bad Boy of Buzz and His PR Problem". Businessweek.
  22. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (October 27, 2008). "The Jewish Extremists Behind "Obsession"". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  23. ^ Wheaton, Ken (March 10, 2008). "Ronn Torossian: No Poster Child for PR Industry". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
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  25. ^ a b Nolan, Hamilton. "Famous Publicists: Self-promoting publicists and clients who love them". PR Week. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  26. ^ Blum, Ruthie (August 5, 2009). "One on One: 'It's all about shaping a story'". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
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  28. ^ Garvey, Marianne (August 16, 2003). "Bride and gloom – powerless city leaves couple at altar". New York Post.
  29. ^ Rogers, Teri Karush (January 8, 2009). "Goodbye, Suburbs". The New York Times.

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